eft with an empty nest
once their sons, Nick, now 24, and Oli, 21, were
on their own, interior designer Jill Najnigier
and her husband, Michael, sold their four-bedroom house in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and
returned to their roots in Boston’s North End.
“We lived right behind the Old North Church,
so close that I could see the steeple from right
outside my window,” says Najnigier of the years
when they were first married and called the North
End home. “So I felt comfortable there.”
But for all the neighborhood’s charms (it’s
walkable, close to transportation and down-
town, and has lots of boutique shops and res-
taurants), it was the view of Boston Harbor and
landmarks such as the Old
North Church and Pru-
dential Center that sold
them on the two-bedroom,
1,500-square-foot condominium in a 2003 high-rise
loft building. “There was
nothing redeeming when I
walked in here other than
the view,” says Najnigier. But she found the scene
outside the 12th-floor windows irresistible.
As principal of JN Interior Spaces, the firm
she founded 14 years ago, she was only further
interested by the idea of a complete renovation.
“Quite honestly, that’s what I wanted,” she says.
As a designer accustomed to creating her clients’ visions, the challenge was appealing. Here,
the reconfigured entrance includes a small area
with a desk (left top). The space became a place for
keys, cellphones, and spare change. The custom
banquette (left bottom) that fills a corner of the
dining space is easily accessible from the living area
and seats eight people comfortably.
“Typically with any
project I do, especially
with my own, the flow
is really important.
Every room needs to
connect but maintain
its own personality.”